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9:20 PM ET, April 25, 2008

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Ryan Block / Engadget:
The second-gen iPhone: 3G, GPS, only slightly thicker  —  So we've got it on authority that the second-gen iPhone is already well into testing, and numerous units are floating around in super secret pockets.  A trusted source got a chance to check one out, here's what we've heard.
Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
A Hostile Bid Could Be Over Fast  —  Microsoft Chief Financial Officer Chris Liddell promised Thursday that the software giant will provide an update on its bid for struggling portal Yahoo! next week.  —  Translation: Microsoft (nasdaq: MSFT - news - people ) Chief Executive Steve Ballmer …
Discussion: Epicenter and Microsoft Watch
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Scott Moritz / Techland:
Yang's power play  —  There may be more than money to consider in the Microsoft-Yahoo standoff.  —  Microsoft (MSFT) has given Yahoo a deadline of Saturday to accept its buyout offer (or, presumably, at least at start serious talks) or risk triggering a hostile takeover battle.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
New in Google Docs: Insert Videos, Edit CSS  —  There are so many updates at Google Docs, that you'll need many hours to explore them and start to use them.  —  You can now access your browser's contextual menu by pressing Shift while right-clicking.  This might be useful if you want to search …
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Andrew Chang / Official Google Docs Blog:
View your presentations and spreadsheets offline, too
Discussion: Webware.com and Googlified
Dave Young / Official Google Docs Blog:   Introducing Speaker notes and YouTube videos
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:   Google Docs Updates: CSS Editing, Saved Searches and More
Steve Lohr / Bits:
Microsoft's Vista Problem  —  Microsoft keeps insisting that Windows Vista is a winner, but the questions keep mounting — and Thursday's quarterly report only added to the doubts.  —  Revenue from the company's so-called client division — PC operating systems mainly — came in at a bit under $4.03 billion.
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Pdp / GNUCITIZEN:
QuickTime 0day for Vista and XP
Discussion: InformationWeek
Michael Horowitz / CNET News.com:
Dell: We'll install XP for you, even after the deadline
Discussion: Compiler and BetaNews
Daniel Terdiman / Geek Gestalt:
Fake Steve Jobs lights up Web 2.0 Expo  —  SAN FRANCISCO—If there's one person in the world of Web 2.0 technology—or tech in general—who hasn't yet been skewered by the infamous blogger Fake Steve Jobs, get ready: He's coming for you.  —  In a frenetic keynote address Friday morning …
Discussion: VentureBeat, Webware.com and broadstuff
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
A post-redesign AOL hits new Web site traffic records  —  AOL announced on Friday that it posted double-digit growth in March, posting new traffic records for the former high-flying Internet darling.  —  Page views on AOL's programming sites jumped 35 percent in March, compared to a year ago …
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Is AOL heading for a comeback?
Discussion: Contentinople
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Twitter Raising Money: How Much Is It Worth?  —  Twitter isn't just dealing with its well-documented tech problems (both with the service and its personnel).  It's raising a Series C round.  So what's the valuation?  —  Last summer, Twitter raised about $5 million at a $20 million valuation.
Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
WordPress founder talks traffic, new features to Web 2.0 crowd  —  You have to hand it to WordPress founder Matt Mullenweg.  At his talk at today's Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco, he managed to be the first conference speaker to put up a picture of a LOLcat while actually tying it into what his company is all about.
Discussion: WebGuild
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
WordPress's Matt Mullenweg Speaks!
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Department of Homeland Security website hacked!  —  The sophisticated mass infection that's injecting attack code into hundreds of thousands of reputable web pages is growing and has even infiltrated the website of the Department of Homeland Security.  —  While so-called SQL injections are nothing new …
Discussion: hackademix.net
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0x000000 Security:   Massive SQL Injection Attack 600.000++
I, Cringely . The Pulpit | PBS:
Apple to the Core  —  Apple this week bought a fabless chip company called PA Semiconductor and pundits far and wide are trying to explain the deal with broadly varying ideas, some of which are close but none seem to really understand what the deal is about.  In the short term this acquisition means precisely nothing to Apple users.
Charlie Demerjian / Inquirer:
Nvidia declares the CPU dead  —  Gutterwatch Fare thee well, Intella, for we did love thee  —  A MISSIVE from a guy called Roy Taylor dropped into our paws, and we were intrigued by its contents.  —  Nvidian boy Roy basically declares that the CPU is dead, and Nvidia's chips do all the real work in a PC.
Stephen Shankland / Webware.com:
Jonathan Schwartz: A top blogger sees end to blogging  —  SAN FRANCISCO—Sun Chief Executive Jonathan Schwartz rightly gets credit for pioneering the corporate blog as a tool to reach customers, employees, and others.  But pretty soon the novelty of his methods will wear off, he predicted.
Kurt Kleiner / New Scientist:
Happy spamiversary!  Spam reaches 30  —  Thirty years ago next week, Gary Thuerk, a marketer at the now-defunct computer firm Digital Equipment Corporation, sent an email to 393 users of Arpanet, the US government-run computer network that eventually became the internet.  It was the first spam email ever.
Discussion: WebProNews, TechSpot, WebGuild and Slashdot
Kevin Purdy / Lifehacker:
Hardy Heron Makes Linux Worth Another Look  —  If you've flirted with the idea of switching your desktop operating system to Linux but never took the leap, the time is now.  This week's release of Hardy Heron, an Ubuntu release that will be supported until 2011, offers a freer, more productive space for work and play than ever before.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Is Keyword Search About To Hit Its Breaking Point?  —  As the Web swells with more and more data, the predominant way of sifting through all of that data—keyword search—will one day break down in its ability to deliver the exact information we want at our fingertips.
Discussion: Hacking Cough and broadstuff
Linda Bustos / Get Elastic Ecommerce Blog:
Google Shaking Up URLs in Search Ads?  —  While in London this week, Jason Billingsley spotted something different in Google search results.  —  If you look closely, you'll notice the display URL in Adwords ads are above the ad copy, not below.  Ad copy also appears on the same line as the display URL in some cases.
BBC:
Hackers warn high street chains  —  High street chains will be the next victims of cyber terrorism, some of the world's elite hackers have warned.  —  They claim it is only a “matter of time” before the likes of Tesco and Marks & Spencer are targeted.  —  Criminals could use the kind …
Mallory Simon / CNN:
Student ‘Twitters’ his way out of Egyptian jail  —  (CNN) — James Karl Buck helped free himself from an Egyptian jail with a one-word blog post from his cell phone.  —  Buck, a graduate student from the University of California-Berkeley, was in Mahalla, Egypt, covering an anti-government protest …
 
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iPhone Video Recorder version 1.1.6 - Full feature Update
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Desktop Clutter Art A Go-Go
Discussion: Digg
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Dayton woman sues man for sending her nude photos
MacDailyNews:
RUMOR: Salesforce.com dumping Windows PCs, moving all 4000+ employees to Apple Macs
Sydney Morning Herald:
Spelling skillz optional 4 Lolcat job
Discussion: Valleywag
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Josh Quittner / Time:
The Photoshop Guys Revealed!
Discussion: Netly News and Valleywag
 Earlier Items: 
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Google's pointers on countering Web spam
InfoWorld:
Two more indicted on E-Rate fraud charges
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Facebook's Insatiable Hunger for Hardware
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
AT&T Wi-Fi Finally Hits Starbucks (in San Antonio)
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Microsoft's elephant in the OS room: Apple
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Skype Offers Half Pregnant Java Mobile Phone Client